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Betty Webb

by KRL Staff

Another year has ended and once again we take a look back at a few of the many books that were reviewed in KRL in 2020. 2020 was a year most of us want to forget, but one good thing that did happen is that a lot of great books were published! All but one of our main reviewers share in this post their top 5-10ish favorite books they reviewed in 2020. Katherine Costa wanted to include favorite authors and TV shows that she has reviewed, so hers went up in a separate post in this issue.


Writing in the Time of Pestilence


FROM THE 2020 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze

by Betty Webb

Sounds like a Gabriel Garcia Marquez title, doesn’t it? Well, I’m certainly no Marquez, and I’ve always been more logical than romantic, but these last couple of weeks have already taught me a few things.


by Sandra Murphy

Teddy Bentley is a zookeeper at the Gunn Zoo in California. Each day she gets to feed and interact with the animals, especially the newest addition, Poonya, a red panda. What could be a better job? Well, a great job except when the sloth pooped on her uniform, and then there was the incident with the third graders and…Well, no job is perfect.


by Sandra Murphy,
Cynthia Chow, Terrance McArthur,
& Lorie Lewis Ham

Another year has ended, and once again we take a look back at a few of the many books reviewed in KRL in 2018. All but one of our main reviewers share in this post their top 5-10 favorite books they reviewed in 2018. Our newest reviewer, Katherine Costa, wanted to include favorite authors and TV shows that she has reviewed, so hers went up in a separate post.


by Cynthia Chow
& Betty Webb

It’s not unusual for zookeeper Theodora Bentley to see the Pacific Ocean otters wielding an assortment of tools to crack open the shellfish they adore. Even seeing her favorite otter Maureen hauling around a cellphone doesn’t raise Theo’s eyebrows, as the mischievous furry swimmers have a habit of stealing and hoarding their favorite shell-cracking devices.


by Cyntha Chow

As a zookeeper for the Gunn Zoo in Gunn Landing, California, Theodore “Teddy” Bentley knows better than to resist the orders of the zoo’s imperious owner, Isola. However, even Teddy is alarmed to find herself booked on the next day’s flight out to Iceland to spend a week there preparing the transfer of a polar bear cub back from the Reykjavik Zoo.


by Terry Ambrose

In a world filled with social media sites including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and a nearly endless supply of others, one small mailing list has remained popular for more than twenty years. Known as “DorothyL,” the list began after a 1991 meeting between two librarians, Diane Kovacs and Ann Okerson.


by Cynthia Chow

Children have always been a weak spot for Scottsdale private investigator Lena Jones. Considering her own upbringing in a series of abusive foster homes, that’s not too surprising. Even Lena has reservations, though, when she’s asked by the ultra-conservative, left-wing, and possible Senatorial candidate Juliana Thorsson to investigate the murder of the Cameron family, committed by the fourteen year-old daughter and her boyfriend. Thorsson has a potentially politically-damning reason for wanting to clear the girl, though. To pay her college tuition the Arizona congresswoman sold her eggs to a fertility clinic—the accused murderer, Alison Cameron, is her biological daughter.


by Sunny Frazier

So many books, so little time to promote them all! Only three weeks remain until we all meet in Long Beach for the international mystery convention. Let’s get to it:
Just in time for Halloween is the e-book for Leigh Perry’s (aka Toni L.P. Kelner) A Skeleton in the Family, first in a new series.


by Cynthia Chow
& Lorie Lewis Ham

In Llama of Death by Betty Webb, from Poisoned Pen Press, an edict from zookeeper Theodora “Teddy” Bentley’s tyrannical and terrifying boss Aster Edwina Gunn (a woman far more frightening than any lion, tiger, or bear) has Teddy spending four weekends at a Renaissance Faire giving out llama rides all to benefit the San Sebastian County No Kill Animal Shelter.


by Sharon Tucker

If it is true that readers of mysteries are the last true romantics (because we believe that justice is still possible in the world), then reading a mystery set in the American West must be a double pleasure. To evoke the American West is to long for what we think were simpler times, with clearer choices and life in the modern West still seems more simple a way of life to the urban sensibility.


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